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Washington State Considers Non-Binary Designation on Birth Certificates

The Washington Department of Health held a public hearing this week on a proposed rule change that would allow a person to change the designation on his or her birth certificate from male or female to the non-binary designation of “X.” The rule already allows someone to change the sex designation from “male” to “female” or “female” to “male.” The proposed rule would only apply to the amendment of current birth certificates and could be adopted as early as December 19. It is unclear when it would then take effect.

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California Recognizes Third Gender Option for State IDs

Californians can now claim a third gender of “non-binary” on state driver’s licenses, identification cards, and birth certificates after Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Gender Recognition Act into law on Sunday.

The bill takes effect January 1, 2019. Non-binary means that the person does not identify as either male or female.

Though this is the first time that any state has offered a third non-binary gender option, Oregon and the District of Columbia started offering the gender-neutral “X”  for “not specified” on state identification cards and driver’s licenses earlier this year.

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